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By Aminah Sheikh
Let’s get down to brass tacks. Why do you write?
We do a lot of things, not knowing why. The same is true of writing. I don’t have a clear answer to this question. It could be said that I write because writing is my second nature.
Tell us about your most recent book or writing project. What were you trying to say or achieve with it?
My novel Poonachi Allathu Oru Vellatin Kathai (Poonachi or The Story of a Goat) was published in January 2017. It tells the story of a goat’s life in its entirety. In the novel, I experimented with writing both in the conventional mode of storytelling as well as deviating from it. Writing about a goat was more suited to my heart than writing about human beings. I share my experiences and perspectives through my writing. But for that, I don’t think of conveying anything or achieving anything with it.
Describe your writing aesthetic.
My style of writing is very simple. Many stories lie buried in my heart. Of these, I select the one which takes a complete form, and when time and state of mind are conducive, I sit down to write. Life is a multi-layered entity. It is writing with this understanding that perhaps defines the aesthetic of my work.
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Madras High Court, in a stinging judgment, upheld Murugan’s right to write and publish. An unequivocal observation of how popular societal perceptions cannot become a hindrance in expressing one’s mind is a timely intervention.